What checks are carried out during my fostering assessment?

When recruiting foster carers, we need to be sure that we are choosing the right people. There are several checks by law that we need to carry out on all applicants to foster. These include:

  • Police check
  • Checks with the local authority you live in, and have previously lived
  • If you have children, then we’d ask for references from their schools
  • Employers reference
  • Personal references from people you know

By gathering all this information we can be sure that the people we approve as foster carers, are going to offer safe and caring environments to foster children.

Fostering Questions

We will try to answer all your questions

Birth Children

Can you foster if you haven’t had your own birth children?

Past Criminal Convictions?

We all have a past, but having a criminal conviction in your history might not stop you fostering


What kind of jobs, if any, allow you to foster alongside?

Do you have pets?

Find out how fostering and pets can work.


How long does the fostering assessment take?

Who needs fostering?

What kind of children need foster homes?

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